Police release photos of men wanted after violent clashes at Wiltshire hunt | Hunting

Police have released photos of three men wanted in connection with violent clashes at an annual hunt in Wiltshire.

Quarrels broke out between anti-hunting protesters and supporters at the Boxing Day meeting in Avon Vale Hunt in the village of Lacock, which this year was held on 27 December.

Footage of blows being thrown and someone being hit with a poster was widely shared on social media in the wake of the meeting.

Wiltshire police have arrested three Wiltshire men aged 18, 26 and 30 on suspicion of assault and are now looking for three more.

On New Year’s Day, the force published a picture of a white man wearing a dark hat, black glasses and a blue scarf.

The other suspect is white, bald and wearing a dark coat, blue hoodie, black gloves and a large black face mask.

The last man is white with short, graying hair and wearing a dark Berghaus jacket.

Anyone who recognizes one of the three suspects should contact Wiltshire’s Police on 101, referring to reference number 54210125809.

The three previously arrested men have been released during investigation, the force said.

There have been complaints about the behavior of officers who police the event. The Office of the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner said earlier that it was assessing the complaints.

“We are aware of an incident between Avon Vale Hunt members and hunting demonstrators that took place in Lacock on December 27,” a spokesman said.

“If a legally qualified complaint is filed, the official complaint process will be followed.”

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